The following is a response to SlaveOfAhlubait’s article entitled: “Taqayya of Abu Saeed Khidri?” The article was published on the 29th of April, 2012, and can be found here.
There is an interesting Narration in Urdu version of Musnad Ahmad, 5/92, Narration 11267, and It states
حَدَّثَنَا إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ عِيسَى، حَدَّثَنِي حَمَّادُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ بِشْرِ بْنِ حَرْبٍ، أَنَّ ابْنَ عُمَرَ، أَتَى أَبَا سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيَّ، فَقَالَ: يَا أَبَا سَعِيدٍ، أَلَمْ أُخْبَرْ أَنَّكَ بَايَعْتَ أَمِيرَيْنِ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يَجْتَمِعَ النَّاسُ عَلَى أَمِيرٍ وَاحِدٍ؟ قَالَ: نَعَمْ، بَايَعْتُ ابْنَ الزُّبَيْرِ، فَجَاءَ أَهْلُ الشَّامِ، فَسَاقُونِي إِلَى حُبَيْشِ بْنِ دَلَجَةَ فَبَايَعْتُهُ، فَقَالَ ابْنُ عُمَرَ: إِيَّاهَا كُنْتُ أَخَافُ، إِيَّاهَا كُنْتُ أَخَافُ
Ibn Umar came to Abu Sa’eed and asked Him that I have heard that You have done Bay’at of Two Amirs before Nation could gather on One? He replied: Yes, I had done Bay’at of Ibn Zubair, but then People of Syria came and took me by force to Army of Ibn Dalja, so I had to give Bay’at. Ibn Umar said: I fear this, I fear this.
Brother Hani explained in a previous article, based on the book of Faysal Noor, that taqiyyah is permissible in the eyes of Ahl Al-Sunnah in matters of life and death. Refer to that article here.
Even though we do not have an issue with such a concept, we would like to make it known that the above narration is weak because of Bishr bin Harb. He was weakened by Ibn Al-Madeeni, Yahya bin Sa’eed, Ahmad, Ibn Ma’een, Ibn Sa’ad, Sulaiman bin Harb, Abu Dawud, Al-Ijli, Al-Uqaili, Abu Ahmad Al-Hakim, Ibn Khirash, and Ibn Hibban. See Tahtheeb Al-Tahtheeb 1/226.